Rights Group Accuse South Sudan Security of Abuse

A new 78-page report from Human Rights Watch says that authorities have failed to stem or investigate the appalling abuses by the country's National Security Service (NSS). It says that since the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013, the security service has carried out arbitrary and abusive detentions, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, and illegal surveillance, with little to no accountability or justice for victims. The report is based on interviews with 48 former detainees and 37 others including policy analysts, activists, former military, security, and intelligence personnel and family members of people detained by NSS between 2014 and 2020.

Based on interviews with 48 former detainees and 37 others including policy analysts, activists, former military, security, and intelligence personnel and family members of people detained by South Sudan’s National Security Service between 2014 and 2020, this HRW report documents serious human rights violations by the NSS in South Sudan, including torture and other ill-treatment of detainees, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, forced returns and violations of privacy rights.

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